Whether you are employed on a building site as a foreman or a labourer, you’re probably aware of the many risks that come with your job. Whilst some risks are obviously acceptable and there are steps you can take to stay safe at work, there may be time when you are put at risk of being injured in a serious accident at work. The causes of building site accidents are many and varied. While your employer has a responsibility to ensure that you are kept safe on a construction site, there are so many factors that can vary, that sometimes building site accidents still occur. If you have been the victim of an accident and it was not your fault, did you know that you are entitled to make a claim for your injuries and receive compensation? That’s where Accident Advice Helpline can help you.
Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that was established in the year 2000. You may have heard of us. We’ve grown our reputation based on solid results and the highest regard for our clients. Our lawyers have over 16 years’ experience and we specialise in personal injury law, so if you’re looking for a specialist personal injury solicitor, there is no need to look any further.
Have you had a building site accident?
The outcome of building site accidents can vary in severity. On one hand you might suffer cuts, scrapes and bruising, and on the other, accidents on construction sites can be fatal. While there are a large amount of health and safety regulations in place to prevent building site accidents, accidents are always going to happen where there is carelessness or negligence, particularly where people aren’t following the correct procedures, or haven’t been provided with the right level of training. We’ve also seen instances of accidents happening simply because people didn’t have the correct protective gear.
What injuries have you sustained?
Building site accident claims can potentially be made for almost any type of injury, provided your accident was somebody else’s fault. Here are just a few examples of the types of injuries you could make a claim for:
- Injuries to your feet – for example crush injuries or broken bones caused by heavy objects being dropped on your feet or being run over by a vehicle
- Head injuries caused by objects falling from height (and lack of head protection)
- Hearing loss caused by noise
- Eye injuries from debris, dust or faulty machinery parts
- Breathing difficulties from working in a poorly ventilated area or without a face mask
- Hand arm vibration syndrome, from long periods spent working with vibrating equipment
- Slip, trip and fall injuries – did you know that falls from height are the leading cause of fatalities at work?
- Crush injuries such as spinal injuries or broken ribs, often caused by a fall during a scaffolding collapse
These are just a few of the types of injuries that could be sustained on a building site, and building site accident claims could be made for any of these injuries, provided somebody else was responsible for the accident.
Is your employer at fault?
If you’re not sure whether or not your employer has been negligent, we can help to determine this. But what exactly is employer negligence? Well, we’ve dealt with building site accident claims where some of the following things happened:
- Employer failed to maintain equipment (such as ladders and tools) to a safe standard
- Scaffolding wasn’t erected properly and collapsed
- Contractors were unskilled/untrained and caused an accident
- PPE was not provided, such as hard hat, safety boots, gloves and hearing protection
- Risk assessments weren’t carried out, leading to an accident
- Employees were not allowed to take the rest breaks they were entitled to
In all these cases, your employer could be deemed to have been negligent, so if you have been injured as a result, you could be in a strong position to make a claim for personal injury compensation. There’s no need to worry about losing your job, or what your employer will think about you making a claim. Employers have liability insurance in place to cover them in the event that things like this happen, and the insurer will normally pay out in the event of a successful claim.
Want to claim compensation?
If you would like to claim compensation for building site accidents that have happened to you, get in touch with us today. We’ll talk to you about what happened and when, and find out who was involved and whether there were any witnesses. We’ll need to know who you feel was at fault for the accident and why, and we’ll ask about your injuries and the kind of treatment you’ve had since.
How complex are building site accident claims?
Claiming for building site accidents is really very easy if you come to us at Accident Advice Helpline. One phone call is generally all it takes, and you won’t have to fill out pages and pages of paperwork. When you call us, you can ask us any questions you have about making a claim, and we can give you an estimate of a compensation figure, but at this stage there is no obligation on you to take it any further. Or you could always take the 30-second test on our website, which will give you an idea of how much compensation you could be entitled to claim, before you decide whether or not to make a claim.
The cost of claiming for building site accidents is also much less than you might think. Ask us about our 100% no-win, no-fee* service. This is something we offer all our customers and it helps to keep your legal costs down, meaning that you can get the ball rolling on your claim without having to worry about how you will afford the costs of expensive upfront legal fees. Just give us a call on our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 from your landline or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile (charges may apply). Call us today.
Date Published: 28th June 2013
Author: David Brown